Reviews that mention Jamaaladeen Tacuma

July 16, 2012

Jamaaladeen Tacuma/David Murray

Rendezvous Suite
JazzWerkstatt JW 095

Tommy Vig Orchestra 2012 featuring David Murray

Welcome to Hungary!

Klasszikus Jazz Records NO #

After nearly 40 years in the spotlight and after hundreds of recordings, tenor saxophonist David Murray has become an Archie Shepp for the 21st Century. Although he has avoided the older tenor saxophonist’s sometimes self-aggrandizing political agenda, over time the Los Angles-born Murray, like Shepp, has moved from playing overtly avant-garde music to embrace Funk, Swing and even discs touching on the legacies of the Grateful Dead and Nat King Cole. Like Shepp again he’s still a first-class saxophonist. But spreading his talents so thin begs the questions of how Murray’s music should be scrutinized, and more crucially who exactly David Murray is? MORE

January 20, 2012

Rhapsody's 2011 Jazz Critics' Poll

Individual Ballot
From Ken Waxman

1) Your name and primary affiliation(s) (no more than two, please)

2) Ken Waxman

Jazz Word (www.jazzword.com )

3) Your choices for 2011's ten best new releases (albums released between Thanksgiving 2010 and Thanksgiving 2011, give or take), listed in descending order one-through-ten.

1. World Saxophone Quartet Yes We Can Jazzwerkstatt JW 098

2. Gerald Cleaver Uncle June Be It As I See It Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT-375

3. Hubbub Whobub Matchless MRCD 80 MORE

November 20, 2011

Jamaaladeen Tacuma/Ornette Coleman

For the Love of Ornette
JazzWerkstatt JW 090

More than the love of Ornette is present on this unheralded but superior disc by bass guitarist Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Coleman, the 81-year-old Jazz innovator is here himself on most tracks. As a result the unmistakable tart tone of Coleman’s alto saxophone and rhythmically simple harmolodics themes endow this funk-tinged session with a welcome individuality.

Coleman’s presence shouldn’t be a surprise, since Philadelphia-native Tacuma was one of the linchpins of the saxophonist’s legendary Prime Time electric band from the age of 19. Since then the bass guitarist has collaborated with players from Japan, Korea, Europe and the Middle East, recorded with such disparate stylists as funk guitarist Vernon Reid and Free Music guitarist Derrick Bailey, and performed with Hip Hop groups. Tacuma’s interests are on display here, as are the diverse histories of other soloists. There’s Nottingham-born tenor saxophonist Tony Kofi, an ex-Jazz Warrior, and Slovenian Wolfgang Puschnig on flute and hojak, best-known for his long membership in the Vienna Art Orchestra. Tokyo-born Yoichi Uzeki is a frequent collaborator with the bass guitarist in New York. MORE